Writer B.J. Hollars will read from his work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center as part of Allegheny College’s Single Voice Reading Series. The event is free and open to the public.
B.J. Hollars was born in Monticello, Indiana in 1984. He graduated from Knox College, where he delivered an address as Class Speaker with former President Bill Clinton. He received his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alabama.
Hollars is the founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Hollars is the author of “Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction,” “Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America,” and “This Is Only A Test.” He is the author of several books, most recently Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human. In April, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders will be published by the University of Alabama Press.
Hollars’s essays have appeared in The Rumpus, TriQuarterly, Brevity, The Collagist, North American Review, Quarterly West, and other literary journals. He is the winner of the Blei/Derleth Nonfiction Award (2014) and the Society of Midland Authors Adult Nonfiction Award (2012).
The Single Voice Reading Series continues with an appearance by poet Lily Hoang on March 15. For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Frederick F. Seely Professor of English Christopher Bakken at firstname.lastname@example.org.Allegheny Events: Writer B.J. Hollars (Single Voice Reading Series)